The Hottest Of Hot Seats

The Hottest Of Hot Seats

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 28, 2007

After a solid 3-1-0 start to the season the Chicago Fire have been 0-1-4 in their last five matches while being outscored 11-3 in that span. The month of May was very unkind to the Fire. Injuries and poor form plagued the Fire in the entire month giving the club one of its worst months in club history.

Losing on the road to the likes of the league’s best in New England and New York and at the time in the league’s worst in Toronto have given Fire fans nothing to be excited about or happy with.
The biggest disappointment may have came last night in a 0-0 draw to the league’s worst in Real Salt Lake.

After starting with 10 points in the month of April and tied atop the eastern standings, the Fire are currently in forth place with 11 points and barely looking in on the playoff picture (as if it were to start today). In all fairness they have been with out Chris Rolfe, their leading scorer for most of May. However, the Fire will have to continue to lean on other people as he will be called up to the USMNT for the Gold Cup in the coming weeks.

Many are calling for the firing of head coach Dave Sarachan. I have said he was on the hot seat to begin the season and even after their solid start. He hasn’t been able to find the right thing to help this team click without a proven scorer. I know they are waiting for the end of June for Blanco to make his debut but is that too long to wait? Luckily for the Fire the month of June is a relatively light schedule. Only three league matches with two of them at home.

I have said before that I didn’t believe Blanco would be the cure to the Fire’s woes but I will withhold judgment until I see anything else.

The biggest problem is really not the offense. Sure you need goals but defending your own net is a high priority and it is something the Fire haven’t been doing enough of in recent games. Sure they blanked RSL yesterday but they haven’t proven that they can hold a good team in the league to nothing at all (I know they blanked New England to begin the season, but the Revs totally dominated that game).

I believe Sarachan will be on the hot seat no matter what this season but I don’t see a firing just yet. The Fire may need to win the US Open Cup again and make the playoffs to save his job. If they don’t do at least one or both of those things, then we will see a new gaffer on the Fire bench next season.

What are your thoughts? Is it time for a change in the Windy City or should things be waited out for Blanco?

  • Whip

    Sarachan's going to be out by the time Blanco fulfills his Mexico responsibilities in the summer tournaments.<br />
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    Too bad…I really think he was an underrated part of the USA's success in 2002 as Bruce's main assistant.<br />
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    He'll land somewhere else.

  • Whip

    Sarachan’s going to be out by the time Blanco fulfills his Mexico responsibilities in the summer tournaments.

    Too bad…I really think he was an underrated part of the USA’s success in 2002 as Bruce’s main assistant.

    He’ll land somewhere else.